The biggest reason that I had David Walters Yachts involved is the level of professionalism that John Osetek showed me in going through this process. He helped me to explore other similar boat and also was patient with me through the whole process. I do not believe the process would have been this effortless if he were not involved.
- Daniel MacDonald - Buyer of Formula 41
This is the fourth vessel I've purchased over the years and I will say that Steve was a pleasure to work with. His knowledge and personality are absolutely the best. They made the entire process painless.
- Todd Balsley - Buyer of Wellington 44
I had been looking at Grand Banks boats for several years, and ultimately saw the boat that I wanted at the right time. I reached out to DWY, and was referred to John Osetek. He was great, asking good questions about what I was interested in, as well as providing some insight about the whole process. John did a great job representing both buyer and seller and navigating the process from end-to-end. I believe we first talked in early May, and closed on July 2. We love our new boat.
- Matthew Barnum buyer of Grand Banks 42
Just wanted to take the opportunity to pass on my deep appreciation for a job well done. I know Ohana was a tough boat to sell and though I tried to keep her maintained as best I could from a distance, I believe all the attention to detail that you and Stuart brought to bear had much to do with her finding a new owner. I'm sure the new owner will have many wonderful adventures with her...and yes, it is bittersweet, but I'd rather see her on the water and doing what she was built for!
I did enjoy working with you and your "can do" attitude. In many ways, it was a good match since I'm the same way. When you have a job to do, you do whatever it takes to get it done and done right. As an old CMSGT once told me many, MANY years ago... "Just stay out of my way, boy, and you'll be amazed at the results."
- Mike Miravalle- Seller of Shannon 53 HPS
Thank you for helping us find our Nordic Tug "Mystic," and especially for mentoring us in support of our boating adventures after the sale. From the moment of our first conversation, we knew that we were in expert, capable hands. You listened to our “wish list” and “needs list” while adding valuable insight and advice. You took the time to understand how we planned to use our boat, and your enthusiasm and encouragement were invaluable. Bernie, you valued our time by not showing us boats that were out of our price range, and you vetted every boat you suggested, saving us time and heartbreak by steering us away from boats that would have been unsuitable.
Throughout the buying process, you negotiated on our behalf, arranged for an amazing surveyor, and scheduled a thorough sea trial in the dead of winter; all we had to do was show up. Every aspect of the sale was professionally handled, the process was stress-free, and your office staff was detailed and knowledgeable in preparing our documentation.
The biggest surprise for us though came after the sale when your extensive cruising experience was put to the test as you helped us deliver our boat from Connecticut to our home port in Maryland. You helped us provision, rig, navigate, dock, and completely enjoy our first voyage, graciously answering every question with patience and zeal.
Every day our boating journey gets better!
Thank you, Bernie, for starting us on the adventure of a lifetime.
- Carolyn & John Sabol - Buyers of Nordic Tug 37
George was awesome. He really helped us find the right boat and took charge of getting surveyors and helping us through the purchase process.
- Lori Snelling- Buyer of Transpac 48
George was very personal but with professionalism. He was knowledgeable on all types of boats. He helped us decide what we needed and found the boat for us. - Louann
George, is the consumate boat broker. He is so knowledgable about the boating industry and the marketplace which makes the process of buying so easy. His personal passion for boating comes thru when working with George . It was a pleasure working with George to find our dream boat. -Bob
- Bob & Louann Palmer Buyer of Carver 56
Extremely knowledgeable and super helpful. I would definitely use him again in the future. We have already told friends and family about Derek and David Walters Yachts. Will definitely be my first call when time to sell and move up!
- Chris Harrell - Buyer of Morgan 60
Erik was extremely responsive, courteous and professional! His knowledge of the market, pricing and what to expect was exceptional and his advice was priceless!! Would highly recommend and use Erik again and again!
- Mike Firetti- Seller of Jeanneau NC 895
Through the process I had limited contact with brokers, but I can say that Bernie was head and shoulders above anyone else I talked with in terms of his experience and knowledge about Valiants and his commitment to them. He has been great to work with; I will continue to lean on him going forward, and I trust and hope that the sale does not end the relationship. There are still some loose ends to tie up, too, but so far through this process I have been extremely satisfied with my experience with David Walters Yachts. Diane was very helpful with office support. Thank you!
- David Hartwell- Buyer of Valiant 42 "Morning Stars"
They are what I like to call "go getters" and get the job done.
- Margaret Gwaltney- Seller of Celestial 50 "Merdeka"
Erik Haaland was the selling broker for the boat I was interested in, I came in as a buyer without a broker. Erik was completely honest and straightforward, and EXTREMELY hardworking throughout my dealings with him. The listed boat had a few physical issues to work through, and I likely would not have made the purchase if it weren't for the hours of work that Erik put in to dealing with those issues.
- James Chase- Buyer of Celestial 50
I've had other deals with Bernie and count on his knowledge and honesty.
- Sargent Goodchild- Buyer of Jarvis Newman 32
Erik Haaland is the reason I purchased and sold through David Walters. Erik is fantastic.
- Dailey Tipton- Seller of Farr 30 "Blofish"
Erik Haaland is a straight shooter. Advised me on all Farr 30's available and had knowledge of these boats. He helped my surveyor and also did the winterizing of the boat's motor as it is coming to MN. I would recommend him and use him again.
- George Johns - Buyer of Farr 30 Blowfish
Josh Mclean bends over backward to satisfy both the buyer and the seller. He went out of his way to resolve issues with his own hands, on his free time, despite a pregnant wife waiting for him at home with a warm cooked meal because the buyer requested it. He is also a competent captain and knowledgeable pertaining yachts, navigation, repairs, financing and much more. You wouldn't regret giving him the opportunity to serve you.
- Pierre Holstein - Seller of Island Packet 31 Charity
Bernie - There are no words to thank you for all you have done for us in acquiring Lone Star! Your willingness to help has been invaluable and we are greatful for it all! You are a wealth of knowledge and experience... thanks for sharing.
Here's to new adventures!
Gayle & Dan
- Gayle & Dan Grant - Buyers of Passport 470 'Lone Star'
George Eberhard is an exceedingly experienced broker with great depth of knowledge. I would recommend him without hesitation for any sailboat transaction.
- Stuart Bass - Seller of Shannon 50 'Fascination'
"Dear Kate & Bernie - Thank you for showering us with gifts in honor of our wedding! Every boat needs a bosun's chair! We had a lovely month long honeymoon on Cadence. Thank you for helping us with her!"
Best - Marcie & Rob
- Marcia & Rob Brown - Buyers of Able Apogee 50 'Cadence'
"For the past several years my wife Laura and I have been searching for a ‘new-to-us’ family cruising sailboat. We wanted to upsize from our current Tartan 37 to a somewhat larger vessel that will safely and comfortably take us through the Caribbean, the South Pacific and points beyond. We are experienced blue-water sailors and had spent many days and thousands of driving miles looking at yachts along the east coast.
Last July we met Bernie Jakits at his office in Annapolis. Unlike every other yacht broker we have talked with Bernie started out by asking a lot of questions and listening to us very carefully. After several hours of discussion and a lot of time on Yachworld he strongly recommended a Norseman 447 laying in Seattle, WA and encouraged us to place a sight-unseen but highly contingent offer on the boat. We were highly skeptical of this approach but trusted Bernie’s judgment. Bernie walked us through the offer process and within a few days we were planning our trip to Seattle.
A week later Bernie joined us for three days in Seattle at his own expense. We spent the first day with Bernie aboard Maaji Re. Literally within the first few minutes Laura and I had decided to make the purchase. This Norseman 447 is truly a perfect boat for us and she is in almost new condition. Bernie then arranged to fly an outstanding marine surveyor in from Annapolis to survey the boat on our third day in Seattle. So the survey began late in the afternoon on the second day and continued on during the third day. We completed a successful sea-trial with the previous owners and a haul-out to complete the survey that Bernie had arranged.
Bernie treated us to dinner that evening where we worked out the final details for our purchase of Maaji Re. During the next week Bernie was a great help making arrangements for me to decommission the vessel for trucking back east.
Our experience with Bernie was outstanding and very enjoyable! While a bit unorthodox he went out of his way to listen to us and worked hard to find a boat that meets our needs and was within our budget. He made the entire process easy and went well beyond my expectations, even spending three days with us in Seattle. He continues to be very helpful with details and questions that we have."
- John Sterrett Buyer of Norseman 447
"Stephen’s communication was outstanding during the entire sales process. That and his professionalism, I believe, were important keys in the sale of our boat. Thanks Stephen!"
- David Hollinger Seller of Pacific Seacraft 31
"Outstanding service, honest, and very knowledgeable. Broker George Eberhard acted as our buyers' broker dealing with another seller with whom we were not "comfortable" dealing with, he was always available to answer questions and quickly resolve our concerns with the seller's broker. He also connected us with an outstanding surveyor and mechanic to help with a short notice delivery. Owner Josh McLean impressed us with his commitment to customers and running a first class operation. Highly Recommended."
- Rich Inman Buyer of Brewer 50
"John Osetek is the perfect broker, full of knowledge and advice worth listening to. He is a joy to work with and did a wonderful job in finding the right buyer and in preparing the boat both before and during the sale. John is a 10!"
- Jake Jacobsen Seller of Maxi Dolphin Cross Current 33
"Erik Haaland was great to work with. He drove hundreds of miles to show me many sail boats, and was happy to do so. Thanks again Erik!"
- William Greene Buyer of Beneteau 41
"Erik is a great broker, very knowledgeable and helpful."
- Elizabeth Beyer Seller of Camano Trawler 31
"I've known Bernie and Kate for quite some time. They're both fun to work with and make buying a boat a fun experience. They know their stuff and most gratifying is that long after the sale they still help out with advice and any type of help needed."
- Ian Blake Buyer of Valiant 42
"Stephen was extremely knowledgeable, accommodating with our needs in finding the right boat, and very personal and friendly in the process."
- Philip Cook Buyer of Hylas 45.5
"Stephen was exceptionally helpful and went out of his way to provide us with service and recommendations beyond what would normally be involved in a purchase"
- Jane Almond Buyer of Hylas 49
"Erik goes out of his way to understand what you are looking for in a boat and then finds the best fit. In my case, I was buying my first powerboat after many years of owning cruising sailboats. His support in helping me assess the boat, the survey, and the sea trial was just the right balance of being there for consultation and assessment. He works in your interest and doesn't just try to close the deal for his own benefit. He's a great partner and I would highly recommend him for your search."
- Bob DeFilipo Buyer of Grand Banks 43 HX
"This was our first major boat purchase and it can be a daunting process to say the least. Bernie's industry experience and sailing knowledge gave us the confidence to navigate through the boat buying process with ease. He was there for us day and night to answer questions, and we felt like he made our interest his own. He worked relentlessly to find us exactly the boat we wanted and secured a great deal on it. We couldn't be happier with the outcome! David Walters Yachts also has a very knowledgeable and efficient staff. If you are considering purchasing a boat, look no further. Thanks Bernie!"
- Dan & Kiersten Broughton Buyers of Hylas 49
"Bernie Jakits is like no other person we’ve ever met. We explained what type boat we were interested in and our price range, that was about all we needed to do. He was like a blood hound on a search, and didn’t stop until he found it. Only took him a couple of weeks. Once we decided to buy the boat, DWY did everything necessary to complete the deal. Thank you for what you do."
- Jimmy & Tillie Parker Buyers of Hunter Helsen 47
"Stephen Reverand was outstanding in representing my boat. He was always available and as this was my first selling experience, he offered great advice and direction. He was totally professional and very honest. I would not think twice about using his services again."
- James Giannella Seller of Silverton 33
"I am writing to thank George for the time and energy devoted to the sale of True North. Your knowledge of the market and thoughtful advice throughout the process were critical. Although the marketing effort took longer than I initially expected, I was very confident at all times that the outcome would be excellent, as it was."
- Sam Ross Seller of Island Packet 37